Thursday, June 28, 2012

Come see the little side project I'm working on!

We have a little secret to share....
and Jackson wants to share it....

Edited to add: You guys are fabulous and I am so thrilled over the response to J's little shirt for a birth announcement!  I've had a TON of inquiries of where to buy this shirt and I actually made this myself  
(what don't do I do DIY hehe)
I am willing to still make these shirts, just email me or contact me via my Etsy shop.  Due to the change of season I'm making them in long sleeves now!

Now please excuse me if I disappear here and there over the next few weeks.  This lil project I'm working on has turned me into a nauseated narcoleptic.  It's a troublesome two-some and has me in bed most days, or wherever my head lands.

(plus one)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finally! A little wrap up of Haven!


I wanted this post up Sunday... but I was practically in a coma until last night.  That conference wore me more than I realized haha!  Let's get to it:
Haven Conference 2012.  Where do I begin!!???  It was such an amazing time!  To truly wrap my head around what I learned, soaked in, understood and gathered from the there days in Atlanta is really a true testament to how well constructed this conference was.  The panel did an amazing job as this was the first annual Haven Conference, and was a true success.  There’s Haven Maven wrap up posts all over the place.  For now I just want to ramble on about how AMAZING I thought this conference was rather than try to be all informative on “the best way to attend a conference”. 

This was my first conference I ever attended, so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect.  I was hoping to meet some new blogger friends, hoping to meet some contacts with some companies and come home with my notebook filled with pages full of new knowledge.  I did all that – plus so much more!


This conference couldn’t have happened without these truly amazing, talented and beautiful ladies.
Chris of Just a Girl, Kate of Centsational Girl, Sarah of Thrifty D├ęcor Chick, Kristi of Creative Kristi, Marian of Miss Mustard Seed, Beth of Home Stories A to Z, Traci of Beneath My Heart, Kristtin of Stockdale Design and of course  Rhoda of Southern Hospitality
I had a rough start to the beginning of the trip.  I fly standby, and though I get a great price for my airline ticket… the amount of patience and energy it takes to watch flight after flight take off while you’re still sitting in the gate is starting to become not worth it.  My first flight was at 9am, and I ended up not getting out until 5 that night (Wednesday).  I arrived just in time to catch the end of the Meet and Greet sponsored by Frog Tape & Oreck, and they did such an awesome job!  I was overwhelmed coming into the party late, but all these bloggers I was so nervous to meet embraced with open arms.  Such a relief.  Thursday and Friday were the two full days of the conference that were JAM packed with a variety of classes.  Everything from some basic intro classes to power tools, to advanced painting and PR & advertising on your blog.  I was thrilled that I was able to take each class that I truly wanted to take and got so much out of each one.  They did an EXCELLENT job of picking true experts in their field to really help teach us how to be the best bloggers we can be.


John & Sherry of Young House Love – the keynote speakers.  They were the perfect openers for the conference.  They are so down to earth, the true bloggers that started this entire generation I feel, and really know “how to do it”.  I love their passion of blogging, of DIYing and for each other.  They’re absolutely fantastic (and only live a few hours away from me! Why we don’t have slumber parties I don’t know!?)

The entire day was perfectly scheduled from having the time slots for classes, but enough time in between each session to mingle and socialize with other bloggers, and also set time to go to each vendor booth and meet with the reps.  I was SO excited to meet all the variety of companies that were a part of the conference! We can SUCH an awesome selection of sponsors, and I cannot say enough about each company there!  Everyone was so nice, the reps were SO receptive to me, so excited for new opportunities, and they were so informative about their companies and their products.  Everyone was truly an open book and I really took advantage to soak in as much knowledge as possible. 

IMAG2177Gillian from and I chatting it up at the Rustoleum Cocktail Party.

I can’t even pick something to say, “but this was my MOST favorite part of the conference” because each aspect had so many benefits.  But I will say, that what has made the biggest impact I believe and will change blogging the most for me, is the chance to meet SO.MANY.AMAZING.BLOGGERS.  Honestly, everyone was so nice, so eager to meet one another, so supportive and energetic about all of us growing together.  To ready someone’s blog for years, then come face to face with them and know that they’re someone you connect with in person too it truly changes your relationship about blogging. 

Ann of and I getting ready to listen to John & Sherry. 

Sherry ( Katie ( and I just hanging out… we’re totally best buds.

Ann and I putting together our sweet wine rack during the Ryobi power tools class.

Kristin of The Hunted Interior and Katie of Sew Woodsy

Ana White – the absolutely COOLEST most BEAUTIFUL hands on DIY woman ever.  This girl can make any woodworking look easy, and does it in heels and curls in her hair.  She’s sorta my idol!

Angie ( getting hands on with Ana

Some other fun snapshots of the week and hanging out with my new bloggy pals!


Now I have so many business cards to sort through and so many items on my “to do” list to start checking off!!! I better get to it! Hope you had fun seeing some snapshots from the conference!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lace Insert Shirt Makeover - Abbie from Lovin' Our Chaos

Hello everyone! I am Abbie from Lovin' Our Chaos, my little blog about life, love and all things craft-worthy. I am also known as mom to my three kids and girlfriend to my darling husband. I am a lover of God, life, big bows, feathers and all things sparkly. I'm a little compulsive, a lotta crafty and always busy! A HUGE thank you to Pamela for allowing me to guest post here at PBJstories! I have been looking forward to it all week and am so glad that I can share a little of my creativity here today!   Now that I have made your acquaintance, I would like to share a couple of my flaws...I am impatient, sometimes impulsive, and certainly not an expert seamstress. But quite honestly, this isn't always a bad thing.

Take for instance today's guest tutorial. I had bought a few inexpensive t-shirts from Wal-Mart and knew I wanted to make them over, but wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do. While running errands a few days later, I saw a few different shirts in various clothing stores that had lace inserts. Perfect. A lace insert shirt makeover.  

1. First, my supplies needed. Knit Shirt (so it won't fray) Lace in desired color (I bought 1/4 yard) Embellishments

2. Then, I folded my lace in half and created another fold, so I could cut a long strip from it.

3. I then cut out a 3" vertical strip from my t-shirt, starting from the bottom and stopping right below the shoulder seam.

4. I placed my lace inside to see how it looked and then turned it inside out.

5. Now the shirt is inside out and I pin the lace onto the fabric.

6. After the pinning, I started to sew the lace on. (I chose to use a contrasting black thread and zig zag stitch, just to be a little funky)

7. Voila! Lace insert is in.

8. This is the part where I decided to do something a little impulsive. Instead of using the buttons that were in the supplies picture, I had the great idea to use the piece of leftover t-shirt (from when I cut the strip out) and make a fabulous rosette pin! Some of the supplies I used were: felt (for the backing), leftover lace (for the rosettes), ribbon, and a metal pin backing.

9. Here is the completed pin. 10. Here is what the back of the pin looks like.

11. And finally in a short 1.5 hours...a lace insert shirt with funky detachable pin.

12. And I have to add that I wore this out (with a t-shirt underneath, you sillies!) and received several adoring compliments.  

Thanks again PBJstories for allowing me to guest today and don't forget to come and visit me over at Lovin' Our Chaos. You can also find me on Pinterest and Twitter as well! See you next time and I would love if you shared your t-shirt makeover with me, just email me at Abigail from Lovin' Our Chaos

Thank you so much Abigail!!! That shirt is ADORABLE!  I love that the insert is in the front and not down the sides or on the back like typical. Too cute, and again thank you Abigail for sharing with the PB&J readers!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Furniture Redo How To - Glazing Technique

Hi everyone I am happy to be here at PB&J stories.

My name is Connie and I blog at Measured by the Heart. I post about DIY/home improvements, graphic design, crafts, hair and book club. Basically most things creative. I love meeting new people and hope you will stop by.
Today I am going to show you my glazing technique. Painting furniture is an easy way to update an older piece. I generally like a glazed look on my pieces. I think it gives it another layer of dimension.
To start out you want to paint your piece whatever color you are going with.
how to glaze furniture

I don't know if I love the color I chose for this bar stool. I am still deciding. But it does work well to show you how to glaze.
Once your piece is dry you can start glazing. You need to pick up some glazing medium from your local home improvement store. Some people like to get their glaze tinted at the paint department. I choose not to. You can take it home and mix it with paint or stain to get a color you like. It is 4 parts glaze to 1 part color. You really don't need a lot of glazing mixture for a piece either. It goes a long way. I mix mine up in a disposable cup. Then next time if I want a different color of glaze I can just mix some more.
Once you have it mixed up, you want to take a brush and slather it on your piece.
how to glaze furniture

You don't have to worry about being pretty or precise at this point. You just want to make sure that you get it into all the nooks and crannies.
Then you just take a rag and wipe off the glaze. It will stay in the nooks and crannies. If you want a more messy, noticeable glaze, you can wait a couple minutes before wiping. If you want a cleaner glaze, you can use a wet rag to wipe it. I am a messy glazer myself.
Here is a before and after so you can see the difference glazing makes.
how to glaze furniture
how to glaze furniture

See how once you glaze it, the glaze stays in the curves. It almost acts like a highlight for the scroll work and features of your piece.
Here is the final product.
how to glaze furniture
I especially like black glaze on blue furniture. Here is a dresser I did with the same color combination.

So I know I like glaze and I generally like a blue piece with black glaze. So here is the question: Blue bar stool or no? I don't know if I love it. Maybe it is just that it is such a baby blue. But it just doesn't seem to go. Here is the stool in place.

What do you think? Do you like the blue stool? Should I paint the others blue? Should I go back to brown? Or maybe look for a different shade of blue? What about a different color altogether? Maybe white stools? I'd love to hear what you think.
A BIG thanks to Pamela for having me here. Please stop by Measured by the Heart and say hi.
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Thank you so so much Connie for that wonderful tutorial! I've personally never tackled glazing and think I need to add it to my To Do list!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ready for Summer: Hula Hoop Sprinkler

I'm so excited to be a part of the Ready 4 Summer celebration with Simply Klassic Home and Midwestern Girl DIY! 

I was asked to make a super fun kids activity for the summer and I decided to try something new.  I wanted to make Jackson, my 3 year old, his one of a kind sprinkler! 

DIY Hula Hoop Sprinkler

That's where the idea of my Hula Hook Sprinkler began!

Materials Needed:

(Since this isn't a standard easy to do project, the materials used are pretty a-typical)
Clear Silicone that's waterproof
Clear tubing
Swivel Hose Barb Adapter 3/8th" Barl
Nylon Hose Barb - T Connector that's 3/8th" diameter
Hula Hoop
Garden Hose
Also used a 1/8th drill bit and electric drill and a handsaw, and electrical tape


First I cut the hula hoop to create an opening with a handsaw, and then every few inches around I used a 1/8th drill bit and made holes through the top layer of the hula hoop. 


Then I inserted the T-piece and used the clear silicone around the edges to adhere the t-piece inside the hula hoop and to create close between the pieces (you don't want any water escaping so be liberal).


After applying the silicone we used electrical tape to hold the piece together while it tried (about two hours).  We applied the silicone to the top piece too and attached the clear tubing to that piece, and again held it in place with electrical tape.


We ended up going back and also using silicone between the second end of the tubing and the garden hose adapter to make it all one united piece.  (The water pressure was too strong and the tubing came off the garden hose adapter without the silicone). We let the whole piece dry overnight to be sure the silicone completely dried, but the directions state it should be okay in about two hours.


Then we just let-er-rip with the water and VOILA! A hula hoop sprinkler!!!


J was really hesitant at first, but after a while he loved standing in the middle of it and having the water go up all around him.  The smaller drill bit you use, and the less frequent holes, the higher the water will shoot up.  Ours reached about to the top of the trees!


Official Judge ruling: TWO THUMBS UP!

We even took if for a test run at the bottom of the slide which was a blast too!

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